Another Fattah Is Running for Office
Fran Fattah — yes, of the Fattah family — is running for judge in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas. The Democrat filed nomination petitions due Tuesday, according to the Department of State’s website.
Fran Fattah is the daughter of embattled Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and the sister of also-embattled Chaka “Chip” Fattah, Jr.
Fran Fattah did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to her LinkedIn page (which also confirms she is a candidate for judge), Fran Fattah worked for four years as litigation associate at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. It also notes she was manager of diversity initiatives at Wolf Block and deputy general counsel at Chester Upland School District.
Authorities say Fran Fattah’s brother, “Chip,” defrauded the IRS and a number of banks. He has pleaded not guilty to several federal charges. Fran Fattah’s father, Rep. Chaka Fattah, has not been charged with any wrongdoing, but two men close to him — former chief-of-staff Gregory Naylor and political consultant Tom Lindenfeld — have pleaded guilty to charges involving an illegal $1 million donation to Fattah’s unsuccessful 2007 mayoral campaign.
Fran Fattah’s LinkedIn account she was a management consultant at Naylor’s firm, Syndey Lei & Associates, from February 2012 to February 2015.
With Fran Fattah’s name recognition, it stands to reason she has a decent chance at prevailing in the primary election, particularly if she draws a top ballot position.